Solstice vigil honors lives lost in homeless community

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Winter Solstice to honor the lives of the 51 people in Portland’s homeless community who died this year. Learn more at Solstice vigil honors lives lost in homeless communityBy Rachel Ohm, Portland Press HeraldOn Tuesday night, the crowd lit candles and marched together to … Read more

CURRENT ACTION: Say YES to Build Back Better!

The Senate is set to vote on The Build Back Better package, which includes crucial investments in families, child nutrition, healthcare and affordable housing. Tell Susan Collins to support this critical legislation! Build Back Better will: save most American families more than half of their spending on childcare deliver two years of free preschool for … Read more

Preble Street Position on Shelter Referendum & Right to Food on November 2021 Ballot

Preble Street, a nonprofit human service agency with programs throughout Maine, is taking no position on the shelter referendum on the November 2021 ballot in Portland.

The need now for shelter is greater than ever and emergency shelters play a critical role in supporting vulnerable individuals, meeting acute needs, and in the overall public health of communities.  However, this referendum and the rhetoric surrounding it only confuses the already complex issues already on the table in Portland in regards to shelters.  After a thorough examination, Preble Street has decided to take no position on the shelter referendum.

Likewise, Preble Street is not taking an official position on Question 3 the Constitutional Right to Food. Empowering people experiencing hunger and providing food for those who need it are key Preble Street priorities – Preble Street served more than 1 million meals last year and the Maine Hunger Initiative’s (MHI) work is focused on short and long-term policy strategies to end hunger in Maine. So, while we support the intent of the amendment to provide all individuals with a right to food, the language in Question 3 is very broad and unspecific and could result in unintended consequences for those experiencing homelessness.


Make sure you vote this Election Day, November 2!

Your vote in this year’s elections will have important impacts on your local community! The candidates who are elected will soon have the power to make decisions about shelter services, the substance use epidemic, affordable housing, social safety net spending, mental healthcare availability, and other issues that have a direct impact on the lives of … Read more

Maine food stamp recipients see first major benefits boost in four decades

By Gillian Graham; Portland Press Herald Food stamp recipients have just gotten the first substantial, permanent boost in monthly benefits in four decades, a change that both they and hunger experts agree is needed to address Maine’s high food insecurity rates and give those in need better access to nutritious food. The largest single increase … Read more

CURRENT ACTION: Housing is a Human Right

At Preble Street we know that #HousingIsAHumanRight, and we are so excited to see federal legislation that seeks to ensure that every person has safe, dignified housing!   Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Grace Meng (NY-06) have recently introduced the Housing Is a Human Right Act, which provides more than $300 billion for crucial housing infrastructure while increasing affordable … Read more